The Mosaics

The tesserae that compose the works are pieces of colored mirror. Normally, we think of mirrors as silvered pieces of clear glass in which we can see a reflection. However when sheets of brightly colored, irregularly surfaced glass are silvered, the effect is quite different. The tesserae seem to glow as if lit from within. The range of hues and variety of surface variegation are limited only by the glass available. Here sheets of traditional art glass are silvered creating mirrors, whose color vibrancy and surface texture are unique. The colored mirrors are then cut apart to produce the tesserae. Unlike traditional mosaic techniques, these tesserae vary greatly in size and shape.

Since the mosaics are made of small mirrors, they reflect a mirror image, known as a virtual image. Like other reflective surfaces, the visual elements change according to the amount of light in the foreground and the character of their surroundings. However, because of the variegation of the glass surface, one's attention is drawn to the mosaic, not to foreground reflections. The silvering makes them glow rather than repeat the environment. They shine in direct sun, but possess a luminescent quality even in dim light.

Each mosaic also changes in appearance as the observer shifts his position. This allows one to interact with the image -- to create a whole new feeling in the work itself with only minor movements. Hot colors give way to cool ones when a slight change in position causes the cooler colored pieces to reflect more intensely. Similar shifts in position will cause different shapes within the composition to gain and lose emphasis as well. Detailed works exhibit a shimmer of colored light along the edges of the glass pieces, that moves as the observer moves. Even the small works make the light dance.



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